50 Years Ago, The First Spacewalk Nearly Ended In Tragedy

On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster. » 3/18/15 11:25pm 3/18/15 11:25pm

10 Cold War-Era Board Games About Spies and Secret Agents 

Americans were obsessed with spy culture during the Cold War. I mean, who didn't love James Bond? Communists, that's who. The gosh darn Communits. Spying seeped into every aspect of pop culture in the 1960s and 70s—from TV and movies to comic books and even board games. » 2/12/15 3:55pm 2/12/15 3:55pm

Crikey O'Reilly: Secrets of Agent Carter's Premiere Episode(s)

Agent Carter is here and damn if she doesn't hit the ground running (in pumps no less). It's all style and substance - and a helluvalotta Marvel references to boot! Let's unpack the first SSR case file and see how SHIELD's prequel miniseries ties to She-Hulk, Iron Man and the rest of the Marvel U! » 1/07/15 4:26pm 1/07/15 4:26pm

Must-Watch Short About How One Man Changes The History Of The Cold War

After his father dies, Edward races to his childhood home to uncover a secret that has been weighing on his heart for decades: What landed in his family farm in 1960 and how did his father's reaction to it alter history? » 12/08/14 1:20pm 12/08/14 1:20pm

​How One Soviet Submarine Commander Averted World War III

On October 27, 1962, the captain of a Soviet submarine ordered a torpedo with a ten-kiloton nuclear warhead to be launched at a U.S. aircraft carrier. One man's decision prevented that order from being carried out—and his story is a cautionary tale about what could still happen in today's world. » 11/04/14 1:40pm 11/04/14 1:40pm

The CIA and FBI Had 1,000 Nazi "Assets" During Cold War

A new report suggests the U.S. government used at least 1,000 Nazis as spies and informants during the Cold War. Amongst these "compromised men" was a top advisor to Hitler and another presumed guilty of "minor war crimes." » 10/27/14 2:20pm 10/27/14 2:20pm

Kissinger Smash! A new book reveals the former secretary of state Hulked out after Cuba sent troops to Angola in 1975. The "apoplectic" Kissinger told President Ford, "I think we are going to have to smash Castro," and drafted secret plans to launch airstrikes. The plans were shelved after Carter won the 1976 election. » 10/06/14 10:00am 10/06/14 10:00am

Declassified Documents Reveal US Plan for Alaska in a Russian Invasion

In 1950, Cold War tensions ran high and government officials were terrified that Soviets would invade Alaska. Recently-declassified documents reveal the details of "Operation Washtub"—a joint FBI-Air Force plan to recruit Alaskans as "stay-behind" agents to gather military intelligence. » 9/12/14 9:40am 9/12/14 9:40am

A Comedy About A Nuclear Engineer Shot In A Real Cold War Missile Silo

The real-life missile silo setting really helps make this short film something special. A nuclear engineer lets his art hobby get in the way of his job—but when something goes awry, it may just save him. » 8/21/14 3:51pm 8/21/14 3:51pm

Weird Soviet Civil Defense Graphics from the Cold War May Disturb You

To prepare citizens for an atomic bomb disaster, the Soviet government prepared these helpful (but creepy) graphic posters and books. They explain everything from blast shielding and radiation wound care, to how to stand in a calm, single-file line as your city is being vaporized. » 6/10/14 2:15pm 6/10/14 2:15pm

NASA Spots Wreckage Of Cold-War Era B-29 On Greenland Icesheet

During a secret Cold War spying mission in 1947, a B-29 Superfortress made an emergency landing in northwest Greenland. It lay there undisturbed until 1994 when a botched mission to repair and return it failed. NASA recently caught a glimpse of its charred remains. » 6/10/14 7:00am 6/10/14 7:00am

Communist Leaders Are Still Watching Us in These Monumental Portraits

The Revolution never dies, comrades — especially when we've painted its leaders on massive billboards that loom over your cities and towns. Here are some of the world's most imposing portraits of Communism's most famous instigators. » 4/22/14 3:19pm 4/22/14 3:19pm

The Abandoned Pyramid of North Dakota

It looks like the remains of some futuristic cult. This slowly-eroding cement pyramid in Nekoma, North Dakota is all that's left of a $6 billion nuclear launch facility created as part of the Safeguard Program. » 4/18/14 7:00pm 4/18/14 7:00pm

That Time The CIA And Howard Hughes Tried To Steal A Soviet Submarine

Recently declassified documents reveal new details about Project AZORIAN: a brazen, $800-million CIA initiative to covertly salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine in plain sight of the entire world. » 4/10/14 9:20am 4/10/14 9:20am

10 Shocking Ways the Second World War Could Have Ended Differently

Decisions during wartime are monumental things. Each move and countermove has the potential to change the course of history. Here are ten shocking ways the Second World War could have unfolded differently than it did. » 4/04/14 10:26am 4/04/14 10:26am

​When America gassed a housing project for practice

The Cold War yielded a lot of horror stories. One of them was in St. Louis, where low-income housing and schools were routinely gassed in order to practice attacks on Russian cities. Also, there may have been radiation in the gas. Just to make it perfect. » 2/25/14 11:11am 2/25/14 11:11am

Photographs of Atomic Bomb Tests Are Like Science Fiction Made Real

During the Cold War, scientists tested atomic bombs in remote areas of the globe. These terrifying and beautiful images were used in research, but they were also used to intimidate anyone who would be stupid enough to challenge the US or USSR in an armed conflict. » 1/16/14 3:51pm 1/16/14 3:51pm

These Walking UFOs Were Going to Be Post-Apocalyptic Pedicabs

What happened in the 1960s when Jetsonian dreams met Duck and Cover fears? You got 1962's "Walking Machine." » 10/04/13 1:47pm 10/04/13 1:47pm

That time the US Air Force tried to put a copper ring around the Earth

Joe Hanson of Wired has penned a fascinating article chronicling Project West Ford, a bizarre Cold War plan to put a ring of copper around the Earth — a "perfect, if odd, example of the Cold War paranoia and military mentality at work in America’s early space program." » 8/14/13 12:20pm 8/14/13 12:20pm

Must Watch: Dawkins, Nye, Tyson, and Stephenson Discuss Science and…

"Without hyperbole, it is true that i don't think there has ever been on one stage an assembly of science storytellers and communicators like this," said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of the panelists assembled for the debate featured here. We're inclined to agree with him. » 4/15/13 12:20pm 4/15/13 12:20pm